Donations for Fire Victims

Donations for Fire Victims

Thank you so much for your quick and generous response to a request for clothes and blankets for the victims of the Camp Fire. We sent a packed carload of warm coats and jackets and blankets to Chico on Wednesday afternoon. And we have even more clothing and shoes still here at the church.

I have been asked not to drive another carload of clothing to the Chico area. They are presently saturated with clothing donations. The blankets and warm jackets were very welcome, but we have been asked to give the remaining clothing to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or Goodwill. These organizations will get the clothing to areas most in need, including those impacted by other fires and hurricanes. I was told that Goodwill and Salvation Army will give (rather than sell) items to people from disaster areas.

The Rev. James Peck, a UCC minister from Chico, took our blankets and jackets back to Chico with him today. We talked briefly about the fact that in a week or three the main part of the fire drama will (hopefully) be over. But the work of putting lives back in order will only be starting. There may be other opportunities for Arlington Community Church to support the Paradise community. If so, we can be sure that ACC will respond with full hearts. To echo Rev. Susan Meeter's sermon last Sunday, we will be "all in." Thank you, everyone.

- Sara Laferte



People have dignity when they can purchase gifts/food for their own families.

Families of North Richmond are very grateful for the partnership that ACC has had with the Neighborhood House of North Richmond since 1960’s.  Our ACC Christmas project is part of our partnership.  Thank you for your generosity of past years and we invite you to extend the same this year from November 11th through November 25th. 


You will not need to purchase any food.  Please purchase 1 or several gift cards for the minimum amount of $25.00 at “FOOD MAX”.  It’s the nearest place for the families to purchase their own food.  No limit on the number of cards you can purchase.




·       For children and young adolescents from 0-15 yrs. get a $25.00 gift card.

·       For ages 16-18, get a $30.00 gift card.

·       For the Head of Household and SENIORS, get a minimum $30.




Please make checks to Arlington Community Church (ACC) and on memo line write North Richmond Christmas.





2       Place gift cards and checks in a separate envelope that will be provided for you.  Put them in the offering plate at the time during service on Sundays between the dates of November 11th through Nov. 25th.

3       NOTE:  During the first week of December we will deliver the gift cards and a check for $800 to use toward the purchase of Christmas protein (chickens or turkeys).


BMSJ--Concha Delgado Gaitan  (510) 812-4278

Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger Interim Minister

Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger

Interim Minister

Dear Members and Friends of Arlington Community Church,

The Interim Minister Search Committee placed a brief note in last week's Parishscope and an announcement was made in church last Sunday. We would like to take this opportunity to share more about Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger. (He prefers being called Dennis.)

Dennis has had a very interesting and diverse career. He has served in interim capacities and spent 23 years as a Hospice Chaplain. He has spent most of his time in Oregon and Hawaii. Dennis has very strong convictions about churches being involved with justice ministries.

He and his wife have two adult daughters and he resides in Southern California near Carlsbad. They have two dogs who make sure he has daily exercise. His post graduate degrees are from the University of Hawaii (Political Science) and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Dennis has a great sense of humor, which we experienced during his interviews. His references had great praise for him, both written and telephone interviews.

When reading his profile, we knew we had been blessed with a great match.

Dennis will begin Advent with us on December 2nd. We will have a special Coffee Hour for him after church and on Thursday, December 6th, our First Thursday will be a Potluck Dinner with him. (Please put these dates on your calendar.)

He will reside in a studio apartment near the church and we may call on the Congregation to help furnish it.

We know you have loads of questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the Interim Search Committee.


Anita Baker, Ruth Robinson, Linda Young        

Creation Justice Congregation Designation

Creation Justice Congregation Designation

Ruth Robinson

We are proud to announce that the United Church of Christ national office has approved our application to become a Creation Justice Church. This was approved by your vote in September, and the Mission Statement affirmed earlier this year also by congregational vote.

The designation is not given to a relatively small group who are supporting Person of the Planet, but to the entire congregation. One of the unique features of Person of the Planet is that all individuals who feel called to be a "voice for this planet" can be part of this mission, regardless of religious affiliations.

What does that mean, really? It means that our work for social and environmental justice is shown to be a shining light to congregations both part of the UCC and other faith communities; it means that ACC is one of the first in the nation to achieve this. And as such, it put us in the "early adopter" category and places us in a leadership role for our larger community.

Many of us have been on the sidelines supporting a smaller group. Now is the time, really the responsibility, for all of us to lend our presence, our voices and our talents in concert with others to show courage and the faith needed to continue this work.

Here's a suggestion: sign up for the Pollinator email newsletter, from UCC: 

Make sure you're reading the weekly blog from Person of the Planet. You will find inspiration and ideas how to help our Mother, the Earth, and your neighbors.

Exciting ACC News!

Exciting ACC News!

Hooray! It can now be announced in church that we'll have an Interim Minister starting Dec. 1   His name is Charles Dennis Alger ...prefers to be called Dennis. He's "over 60" years old, has done much of his ministry in Hawaii and Oregon.

He has a good sense of humor, has been an interim pastor already a couple of times, and is Spirit Filled with "Congregational" values. He's very excited about joining us and working with us to form direction for a new ministry. A surprise to the search committee has been an early appearance of a very strong candidate for our next step who will be considered by the newly forming search committee. So far those members are: Bill Day, Tom Dean, Nina Harmon, Linda Young, Anita Baker, Ruth Robinson, and Natalie Morrison in an advisory capacity only. If you would like to serve on that team, please let Linda Young know right away.

ACC has been blessed with the leadership of Barry Cammer, who has worked hard every week to make sure the details of worship are in place. Thanks, Barry! And thanks to the congregation who have been supportive and patient.

Linda Young, Anita Baker and Ruth Robinson

Interim Search Committee